This week’s author in the spotlight is romantic suspense novelist, Julia Wild, whose latest release is Moon Shadow.
Moon Shadow – Julia Wild
‘You’ll destroy me if I let you…’
Ellie Morrison is the star of a British, daily soap.
So what’s she doing on a ranch in Montana posing as a housekeeper and investigating the murky past of its good-looking owner, Declan Kelloway?
And why does she find herself attracted to her new boss? After all, she has a perfectly satisfactory man in her life. And Declan is just part of her job, isn’t he?
And now for my interview with Julia:
Can you tell us more about what inspired you to choose the setting for your current book?
Hi Julie, thanks for inviting me to be on your blog, it’s lovely to join you here. To answer what inspired me to choose the setting for Moon Shadow, I wanted somewhere remote, somewhere isolated, and to be centred on a ranch. The result is Kelloway’s Ranch in Montana, America. I needed to put the heroine, Ellie Morrison into a situation right outside her comfort zone, where she would take some huge risks for big financial rewards, so that when we join Ellie, her promise of a lucrative TV series in America has fallen through, but she still has massive debts… She is already working for a Go Anywhere, Do Anything agency. The story and the love affair build from there, there is also a mystery woven through the story, asking the question: What, if anything, did Declan Kelloway have to do with his wife’s death? It is that answer Ellie is sent to his ranch to find, under cover in the role of Declan’s temporary housekeeper.
Do you find it hard to come up with ideas for stories? How do you go about it?
All my ideas stem from the wonderful question: What if? Just as an example, Illusions, my 5th novel, sprang completely from the question: What would happen if you met the man of your dreams – on your hen night? I based the hen night on one I had attended, threaded through an art mystery, the location moving between London and the Lake District.
How long does it take you to write your first draft? How many more drafts will there be after that?
The first draft would take between 6-8 months, but to be honest, I lose track of how many drafts, a lot would cover it! Maybe I need to learn to plan my stories more, but I do love the organic process of just leaping into a story and seeing what happens. I think the downside is the many drafts involved.
What’s the hardest part of writing for you?
The hardest part of writing is stopping to eat, or having to stop because my neck, fingers, everything aches! Like most fellow writers, I love being in the worlds I create.
What do you enjoy most about the writing process?
What I enjoy most is that moment when you know that your current idea is really working! Also, when you give a friend a rough outline, and their eyes light up and they say they can’t wait to read it.
Is there a recurring theme in your novels or is each one completely different?
The only recurring theme is the romance element, and I love unexpected twists and turns; I intend each one to be different, and hope in the not too distant future to re-visit the historicals I wrote a long time ago to see whether they are worth spending time putting onto computer (I typed all three very, very long manuscripts!)
Have you started work on your next novel yet? If so, can you tell us anything about it?
I have started work on my next novel. The next brand new book I am working on is based in London; the heroine is Melissa, a dancer in West End shows. Unexpectedly she meets up again with a past love, Oliver, who now runs his own nightclub in the West End. Incidentally, I would love to dance but have little rhythm; but I have worked in the West end as a nightclub waitress!
Thank you again, Julie for inviting me to be a guest on your blog, and I wish you all the best!
A member of the Romantic Novelists Association since 1993, Julia came through the New Writers’ Scheme to win the New Writers’ Award (now known as the Joan Hessayon award) with Dark Canvas.
She is married and lives in Bedfordshire and has three fantastic children – all grown up now – but all still very much part of her life.
Julia worked in the local mobile house-bound library for nine wonderful years, and then was re-deployed to a local library until 2014. When the huge cutbacks came, she took redundancy and is taking some time to be self-employed; doing what she loves best – escaping into the writing world. Before she begins working on new stories that are bubbling away, she is bringing out her back list as Print on Demand & EBooks.
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